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Film, "We Are the Best!"

"We Are the Best!"

Early in his career, Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson was hailed as the next Ingmar Bergman, but also likened to John Hughes. That did not compute for a while, but now with We Are the Best! Moodysson somehow clarifies the universal…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty in Jazz

Pretty in Jazz

Quick Mad Lib: Guess what, ! If you selected: Terry, Molly…
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Film, "ParaNorman": Beautiful Animation Brightens PG Horror

"ParaNorman": Beautiful Animation Brightens PG Horror

Another handsome handcrafted charmer from Laika, the stop-motion shop that gave us Coraline, makes up for lacking its predecessor's delicacy by also lacking its dispassion. In scenic Blithe Hollow, whose main industry is the window-dressing of its own witch-hunt history,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" Sung by the Movies

Video of the Day: Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" Sung by the Movies

This amazing piece of nerdery is by Don Draper Says What and has for some reason only been viewed 300 times!…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Top Five Greatest John Hughes Teen Movies

Top Five Greatest John Hughes Teen Movies

If you were in the vicinity of Dolores Park on Saturday night, you may have noticed a bunch of people braving crappy weather to watch 1984 teen classic, Sixteen Candles in the park. The screening was no accident -- today…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Buster, Bluster, and Blondes: What to See at the Silent Film Festival

Buster, Bluster, and Blondes: What to See at the Silent Film Festival

This weekend, you can see Clara Bow, Buster Keaton, Louise Brooks, Gary Cooper, and Douglas Fairbanks all in one place -- not to mention the work of filmmakers Ernst Lubitsch, G.W. Pabst, William Wellman, and Josef von Sternberg. The San…
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Calendar, Night&Day To the Moon

To the Moon

Moontel Six, Part 1 has much to recommend it: The play was written for teens by Constance Congdon, the talent behind many intergalactic scripts as well as her adaptations of adult A.C.T. works like Molière's The Misanthrope (2001) and The…
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Music, All Shook Down John Hughes Dead at 59

John Hughes Dead at 59

Bad news today: director John Hughes died today at age 59, apparently of a heart attack as he took his morning walk in Manhattan. He may not have direct ties to San Francisco, but Hughes will be sorely missed in…
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Film, Young-Adult Fiction

Young-Adult Fiction

Notwithstanding all the pundit-driven hot air about the horrors of being young in today's America, I'm willing to buy the argument that it's getting harder to survive those years, if only because there's so much more for the poor dears…
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Calendar, Night&Day Being Bad Feels Pretty Good

Being Bad Feels Pretty Good

Remember when you discovered that Andrew Clark was just a troubled soul, just like you, and that Claire Standish was simply a girl with horrible parents who needed a hug? Hint: You were watching The Breakfast Club. The John Hughes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

According to Wikipedia, UK group the Psychedelic Furs is more than just a random band on a soundtrack, actually inspiring the John Hughes teen flick classic Pretty in Pink with the 1981 song of the same name. More than two…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish The Force Runs Its Course

The Force Runs Its Course

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The final installment of the Star Wars saga actually plays better at home: You can watch it, then pop in the original trilogy and chart the evolution of Anakin, and…
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Music, Reviewed Epoxies


The Epoxies sound like the high school band formed by a gaggle of rough-and-tumble misfits with hearts of gold in a John Hughes movie. Stop the Future, the Portland-based act's second album, is the stuff musical montages dream of: heart-pumping…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

In paying tribute to one of his favorite songs of the era, film director John Hughes ruined the Psychedelic Furs for kids like me. It didn't matter that the Furs had released "Pretty in Pink" a full five years before…
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Music, Various Artists

Various Artists

Several years back -- around the time of John Hughes and Flashdance -- soundtrack albums lost their link to the movies they accompanied, becoming simple marketing tools for major labels with one-hit wonders to slog. Contemporary soundtracks are now so…
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Music, Navel Gazing

Navel Gazing

Not every songwriter can get away with adopting the persona of a comic book hero, but somehow John Conley of California Oranges pulls it off. On "So Much to Do," one of the catchiest tracks on his band's self-titled debut,…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

Like gargantuan, top-heavy balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, this season's "family-oriented" Hollywood holiday films take a couple of lovely children's classics and inflate them out of all scale and proportion. During the long weekend some damn relative is…
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Return of the Teenager

Good morning, kids, and welcome back to class. You may have noticed that a new student has joined us. Or, actually, quite a few new students. About 60 million, to take a quick guess. Say hi, everybody. Now, they…
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